Vols' Dooley making changes on defense

November, 5, 2012
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Tennessee’s Derek Dooley may be in danger of losing his job if the Vols don’t finish strong, but he hasn’t lost his wit.

Asked Monday about all of the criticism the Vols’ struggling defense and first-year coordinator Sal Sunseri were receiving, Dooley quipped, “Like Bruce Hornsby and the Range, that’s just the way it is.”

That may be, but Dooley isn’t sitting pat. He said Monday he will begin spending all of his time in the defensive meeting room and that changes were coming. He didn’t rule out Sunseri moving from the sideline to the coaches’ booth in the press box.

“That’s something we’re working through as a staff, how we call it and who’s where,” said Dooley, whose Vols face Missouri at home this Saturday. “We are probably going to make some game-day changes to help.”

The Vols can use all of the help they can get on defense after allowing 222 points in their last five games. They were torched for 721 yards of total offense -- the most given up by a Tennessee defense in school history -- last week in a 55-48 win over Troy.

Dooley admitted that the scheme change (moving to a 3-4) has been much more problematic than ever envisioned for a variety of reasons.

“At some point, you have to say, ‘Let’s quit trying to put a square peg into a round hole and maybe do some things to maybe take some of the pressure off the kids,' and that’s what we’re going to do," Dooley said.

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